What Is the Normal Range for IQ Scores?


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Most IQ scores fall within 15 points of a median score of 100. A normal distribution of IQ scores around this median means that 86 percent of scores fall within one standard deviation, or between 85 and 115. All but 5 percent fall within two standard deviations.

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What Is the Normal Range for IQ Scores?
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IQ tests are calibrated in order to establish a median score of 100, which is usually regarded as average. The further a score deviates from the median, the fewer people achieve it. Only a small fraction of test takers score higher than 130 or lower than 70, which are usually considered the bounds of normal IQs.

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